(Joel Sparks wrote this piece about my revolution-fermenting ways for On Tap magazine. Joel is also a beer writer of sorts. He occasionally covers beer-related topics for On Tap but he has also written a full-length science fiction novel about a couple craft brewers. It’s called Ordobat’s Folly and you can read parts of it right here. Cool stuff! And he lives right here in my neighborhood in Silver Spring, MD. I met him when another neighbor invited me over to a Woodmoor Beer Appreciation Society club tasting – the Woodmoor folks are basically a bunch of neighbors with bars in their basements who hold formal sit-down tastings a few times a year. Silver Spring is growing on me!
This is just the intro. Click on the link at bottom to read the whole story.)
What’s Hoppening: Author Chris O’Brien
The revolution will be carbonated
written by Joel Sparks
When local writer Chris O’Brien was growing up in rural Pennsylvania, there were exactly two kinds of beer in town. You went into any bar and said either “lager” or “porter.” No need to specify brand, because the same giant, nationally known factory made both. O’Brien partially escaped from the shadow of industrial beer when he went off to college and grad school and became a home brewer, primarily to save money. Still, it wasn’t until he came to D.C. and a friend gave him a Tupper’s Hop Pocket Ale and told him a beer-loving Bethesda couple had created it that he knew what he wanted to do.
“I had been working to promote small, green businesses,” he recalled. “Suddenly I realized that microbreweries were the small, green businesses I wanted to help.”
So what did he do?
“I quit my job, sold my house, and moved to Ethiopia.”